Do you know the person behind Naomi Osaka's success in sports? Leonard Francois, who is her Haitian father, is a former tennis player who has coached this tennis world champion all through.
Francois discovered the talent in his two daughters, Mari and Naomi, and started training them early enough. Here is his story.
Leonard Francois profile summary
- Birth name: Leonard Maxime Francois
- Place of birth: Jacmel, Haiti
- Leonard Francois nationality: Haitian
- Ethnicity: African
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Tamaki Osaka
Leonard Francois biography
The celebrity has not disclosed many details about his childhood and educational background. However, he is known to be a Haitian citizen with African ethnicity. The star has dark brown eyes and black hair.
How old is Naomi Osaka’s father?
Leonard Francois age and his date of birth are unknown. However, some sources trace his birth year to be around the 1980s, which means that he could be in his 40s as of 2020.
What is Leonard Francois profession?
Naomi’s father is a tennis coach who started training his daughters, Mari and Naomi, while they were very young. He has always been supportive of their career.
Naomi even revealed that her father is always very nervous during her matches:
I think he might take long walks because maybe my matches stress him out.
Here is what she said concerning Leonard Francois job, which is training them:
When I was growing up, my mum always worked, my mother was working a lot because my dad was always with us. He was the one who was our coach.
To ensure that there was a total commitment to training his daughters to be superstars, he did not send them to school. Instead, he homeschooled them just as Richard Williams did to his daughters. This way, he could intertwine their academic and tennis education.
He trained Mari and Naomi and always encouraged them to achieve the best. He also thought it was better for them to represent Japan in international matches rather than the USA due to the lack of support from the US. Since Mari and Naomi were still amateurs, the Tennis Association of the US refused to support them.
Moreover, Naomi has expressed how she felt more Japanese than American:
“My dad thought that since I grew up around my mom and I have a lot of Japanese relatives… I don’t know… I don’t necessarily feel like I’m American. And I wouldn’t know what that feels like.”
Naomi Osaka is known to have given up her American citizenship right after she turned 22. This is according to Japanese Law.
Besides, the Osaka girls are closer to their Japanese life than their western life. They have their friends and family there that love them and support them.
Who is Leonard Francois wife?
The celebrity is married to Tamaki Osaka, a Japanese native, whom he met back in college. By then, Francois was in college studying in New York, while Tamaki was still in high school.
During the early 1990s, he visited Japan and met his wife in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital. However, their relationship was blossoming when interracial relationships were not allowed in Japan.
Therefore, it was challenging for Tamaki’s family to accept Osaka’s Haitian husband-to-be. When her father learned of it, he accused her of tarnishing their family name.
Nevertheless, the love birds still stuck together and secretly got married and started a family. They welcomed their daughters, Mari and Naomi, who are only 18 months apart.
Tamaki’s family made out a plan to make their daughter separate from her husband, and she was not allowed to re-unite with Leonard Francois Haiti native only after 15 years.
She returned to Japan with her two daughters, and because of the distance between Naomi’s parents, the girls adopted their mother’s name, Osaka. This was as per the Japanese Family Registration Law (Koseki).
After the reunion, they moved back to the United States of America, where Naomi Osaka father Leonard Francois continued training them to play tennis. The family currently lives in Japan.
Leonard Francois is a tennis coach who is popularly known to be the father of the tennis player Naomi Osaka. He is the person behind his daughters’ success in sports.
Due to her hard work, she has made remarkable contributions in various sitcoms. She is also the former titleholder of a Canadian beauty pageant, Miss Greater Sudbury.